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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (640 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Frank Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rich-i-stan (n): 1. a new country located in the heart of America, populated entirely by millionaires, most of whom acquired their wealth during the new Gilded Age of the past twenty years. 2. a country with a population larger than Belgium and Denmark; typical citizens include “spud king” J. R. Simplot; hair stylist Sydell Miller, the new star of Palm Beach; and assorted oddball entrepreneurs. 3. a country that with a little luck and pluck, you, too, could be a citizen of.

The recent explosion of wealth has created a new breed of multi-millionaires. Richistan takes readers inside a rarified world to see how blue collar workers turned billionaires are earning, spending, and living. From “Butler School,” where domestics are specially trained to serve the newly wealthy, to self-help groups for coping with the strains of $10 million incomes, you’ll discover how the nouveau riche learn to be riche. In addition, Richistan looks behind the glitz to find the real story behind new money and its impact on the richest nation in the world.

The rich have always been different from you and me, but Robert Frank’s revealing and funny journey through “Richistan” entertainingly shows that they are truly another breed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With emphasis placed here on the increasing gap between the wealthy, middle class, and poor, we also learn about the challenges to society of this great disparity, the responsibility that this abundant wealth carries, and Frank’s hope that some of this enormous pool of money will be used to solve widespread social problems. Excellent book.”


  • “Frank understands how great fortunes are made and how great fortunes are spent. I had a wonderful time reading this book.”

    Dominick Dunne, American writer and investigative journalist

  • “Thank goodness the Wall Street Journal has unleashed Robert Frank as its ‘wealth reporter,’ a title which hardly does him justice. His inexhaustible curiosity, piercing eye for detail, and understated wit reminds me of Tom Wolfe, which is about the highest praise I can bestow. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had so much fun with a work of nonfiction as I did reading Richistan.

    James B. Stewart, author of Den of Thieves

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim | 2/20/2014

    " Breezy, insightful, and pleasurable. And for a social scientist interested in modern America, it is a gem. The author, obviously living the ultimate journo boondoggle, was assigned by the WSJ to cover ultra-rich Americans for years. But the end result is his characetreization of a new country -- bigger in population than many geographic countries, with a higher GDP than most! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Antigone | 2/11/2014

    " Funny and really ridiculous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maren | 2/10/2014

    " Fascinating look at how the other half lives. Some of it was public info, but much of the insights, like why gas prices continue to climb (uber-rich people consume a ton and don't care about the rising cost with their millions) and other interesting thoughts. Not a rag on the rich, the poor, or any one in-between--simply investigative reporting. A great quick, interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sean | 2/4/2014

    " a funny, fascinating, fast read. the chapter on Palm Beach philanthropic society is particularly entertaining. ultimately, no sympathy for the lot of them. but silver lining: at least the majority of them are Democratics and actively socially progressive. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Frank

Robert Frank is a senior special writer at the Wall Street Journal, where he writes a weekly column and daily blog called The Wealth Report. He has had postings for the Journal in Atlanta, London, Singapore, and New York, and was part of a team that won an Overseas Press Club Award in 1998 for its coverage of developing economies. Frank lives in New York with his wife and daughter.